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Post Info TOPIC: Pennington Flash (other wildlife)


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Not too dissimilar from what Shannon saw yesterday. Additions were the year's first gatekeeper, plus a comma, whilst I did not see common blue which was sad (might have seen a fly-by female). Managed six banded demoiselle (4 males), two of which chased each other around a small area for all but a few seconds of the fifteen minutes or so I watched them. A nearby pair just sat and watched. Only had a probable southern hawker and saw no emperor, but a four-spotted chaser was a scarce visitor for Pennington (I think). Up on the canal, there were 20-25 red-eyed damselflies either side of the footbridge. Way down on last year, but a large patch of lily-pads seems to have been lost on the southern bank.



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Excellent day for odonata around here yesterday, with common blue, azure, blue-tailed and red-eyed damselflies, a trio of banded demoiselle (2 m, 1 f), plenty of black-tailed skimmer, a few brown hawker, and singles of southern hawker and emperor.

Plenty of butterflies, too, with small and large white, meadow brown, small skipper, common blue and speckled wood all in evidence.

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male common blue butterfly on the ruck this morning; first of the year for me



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A few common blue damselflies around today, my first of the year for this species. A couple of red-eyed damselfy on the canal, too.


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1st orange tip butterflies of the year (3 males) was uplifting: five species seen in all including at least 3 brimstone, 2 of which were a pair (female is not so yellow) in 'courtship' flight.



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Two male Brimstone butterfly along old pennington mineral line at circa 1120



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Weasel foraging along the bank under the by-pass bridge



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Still a few common blue butterfly on the ruck, but nowhere near the numbers from last visit; also about, green-veined white, speckled wood and small tortoiseshell.

Odonata:

c10 common blue damselfly
3 common darter
3+ migrant hawker (including one ovipositing in pond behind Ramsdale's Hide)
5 brown hawker
Also a probable common hawker flitting around the spit.


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Lots of butterflies flitting about over the ruck today; mostly common blue, but meadow brown and gatekeeper in good evidence, too. A few speckled wood around the wooded areas.

Common blue damselfly in reasonable numbers, a single black-tailed on the pond behind Ramsdale's Hide, and also a couple of red-eyed damselfly on the canal. Approaching double figures of both black-tailed skimmer (including a copulating pair) and brown hawker, too.

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Monday 17th 10 a.m. - 15:30 p.m.

Nine species of odonata including no less than 42 red-eyed damselflies (several in tandem - see photo) on the canal between Plank Ln bridge and the steps down into Pennington Flash CP. One was also on the pond at Sorrowcow Farm (is it still called that?). Also 3 black-tailed skimmers (inc 1 fem. on rucks), and five banded demoiselles (inc 1 fem). Only southern hawker was missing really from what I thought I might see.

Butterflies not so exciting, with only gatekeeper (38) in any sort of number.



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Good day for odonata today:

Hundreds of common blue damselfly (no azures amongst the ones I looked at closely enough)
1 blue-tailed damselfly (more of these on the canal)
2 banded demoiselle
1 black-tailed skimmer
5+ broad-bodied chaser
6+brown hawker

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a superb male broad bodied chaser today near ramsdales hide



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Holly Blue at green lane this morning.



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Common Darter near new viewing screen today.



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15/08/16 (late as I thought the forum was gone!)

An insect hunt was fairly successful in the warm conditions. Easily the highlights were a single male black-tailed skimmer and, accidentally found on the canal, red-eyed damselflies (3) which I am assuming is a range expansion (not mapped on the latest dragonfly atlas to 2012). Best butterflies were 4 brimstone and c8 common blues.

 



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On July 22nd 2016, Stan and Jane Harrison saw and photographed a Camberwell Beauty butterfly at Pennington Flash. This is the second record of this butterfly from our county this year, the first being from a garden in Stockport.

It was seemingly in the area around the back of the East Bay hide and was very active at the time of the sighting, hence the observers only managed the single image (attached) which regardless, they should be highly commended on!

My thanks to Judith Smith and Peter Hardy for information received.

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Better for insects than birds today, with 9 species of butterfly, a moth, a 'new' beetle and the first damselflies of the year anywhere for me.

6 brimstone

4 large white

4 speckled wood

13 orange tip (inc 2 fems)

1 small tortoiseshell

1 comma

1 green-veined white

2 peacock

3 small white

1 common carpet

1 Green tiger-beetle, never seen here before in dozens of visits. Are they a recent addition?

several teneral damselflies, near certainly azure.

Birds about to go on the back-burner?

 



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Peacock and Brimstone Butterfly this afternoon

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SINGLE BRIMSTONE BUTTERFLY BY LEANING POSTS AT RAMSDALES REED BED A.M

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A couple of brimstone and what I think was a small tortoiseshell today; first butterflies of the year.

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Clouded Yellow butterfly present today, on short vegetation to the right of the concrete ramp before Horrocks Hide

Info thanks to Bill Harrison

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Hunting for migrant hawkers to photograph, and two posed quite nicely, one on the south side, and after quite a test of patience, one below the canal. There were easily 15+ and, of course, I didn't get round everywhere.

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7 comma
9 speckled wood
2 small tortoiseshell
1 small copper
1 red admiral
1 brimstone

6 silver 'Y' moths.

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1 Southern Hawker hunting over a clump of balsam near the canal, appeared to be chasing bees, but did'nt catch any.

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Lots of dragonfly skimming across the water from most hides today; impossible to identify any to species, though. Water from Pengy's hide was thick with damselfies, and those identified away from the water were common blue, blue tailed, and azure; they were everywhere, including the beaks of pied wagtail and chaffinch.

The only butterflies noted were red admiral, brimstone and meadow brown.

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Friday 22 May afternoon 15:06

Lean and hungry fox seen at the end of the spit, and later moved along the north "coast" of the spit, and continued out of sight to the north, passing the big tree on the right. It did not seem to have been delayed by any contact, and all birds left the ground near the spit.

Hope all the young, and other grounded birds escaped it's attention on the rest of it's journey.


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3 brimstone butterfly + small tortoiseshell and several peacock,

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Anemone apennina, blue anemone in flower, about 5 more locations for viola odorata sweet violet in flower, Sanguisorba minor Salad burnet very nearly in flower, and 30 alder leaf beetle, Agelastica alni just emerging on one tree.

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A decent amount of Scarlet Elf Cup among mossy dead wood along Pennington Line today

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4 Grey Squirrels from Bunting Hide today

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Large lump of Sweet Violet in flower today. Aromatic hairy plant with blunt sepials

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lunch time

5 Migrant Hawker and a pair of mating Common Darter dragonflies.

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2 brimstone butterfly, good numbers speckled wood butterfly.

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Cut leaved teasel near Ramsdale Hide this W/E.

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Lots of Banded Demoiselles by the concrete bridge over the inlet to the flash at the western end today; and yes, they're the only ones I can, or indeed can be bothered to, identify!

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1 Comma Butterfly early evening

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good sized terrapin sunning itself on rocks seen from ramsdales hide.

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2 brimstone butterfly near teal hide.

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Two foxes on the spit early on the morning of the 24/5/14. Also a roe buck and doe from Edmonton hide.

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whilst sat on the banks of the ruck watching the black terns a weasel ran right in front of me smile

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Good to see many Butterflies out at the weekend
Brimstone-in fairly good numbers-20+(mainly north bank to the west end)
Small Tortoiseshell-5
Peacock-c10
Comma-4
Only ever seen a few of Clouded yellows at the flash and never before June as far as I can remember, as they are migrants that to the UK.
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Jon Bowen wrote:

correction it was a Clouded Yellow


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Brimstone Butterfly and very raggy Peacock near Tom Edmondson around midday

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Surely you were right first time Jon hmm

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correction it was a Clouded Yellow


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Brimstone Butterfly and very raggy Peacock near Tom Edmondson around midday

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Brimstone Butterfly and very raggy Peacock near Tom Edmondson around midday

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1 mink near front of horrocks hide

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Early Brimstone Butterflies out among the birch trees to the west edge of Rammies ruck.

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Amazing views of a Weasel from Bunting Hide. It was flowing in between the stones and sticks on the ground and in and out of small holes like quicksilver.

Photo-opps second to none and I am camera-less at present!! cry

Thankfully there was another birder there clicking away - should be some cracking pics there. smile

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Brimstone - flying near to canal, the latest ever for me
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1 Migrant Hawker Dragonfly by the canal (latest I can remember)

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10.00a.m. to 12.30p.m. very hot
Lots of butterflies about especially between Ramsden's ruck and canal.
Large Whites
Small Whites
Green-veined Whites
Brimstones
Gatekeepers
Meadow Browns
Large Skippers
Small Skippers
Speckled Wood
Small Tortoiseshell
Peacock

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Male and female Broad-Bodied Chaser from Tom Edmondson Hide this afternoon, the female ovipositing

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